Professional Learning Specialist
John Pauls is a resident of Jacksonville, Florida, and has worked in education for over six years in a variety of roles- from a self-contained teacher for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, school-based administrator for an emotional and behavioral supports program, and a district administrator in instructional technology. John has extensive training and experience in the education of individuals with disabilities and, specifically, those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. John has a 7 year old son with autism, which drives his passion and commitment to equitable learning opportunities.
John received his BS in Organizational Leadership and MBA from Bethel University, and his Ed.S. in Curriculum and Learning, Instructional Design & Technology from the University of West Florida. John is currently preparing to defend his doctoral dissertation in the same concentration from UWF, titled “Teachers’ Perceptions Using the Dick and Carey Instructional Design Model with Autism Evidence-Based Practices”.
John is currently an instructional technologist for Duval County Public Schools, assisting over 8k teachers and 130k students in leveraging the power of instructional technology and Microsoft tools to transform their learning opportunities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, John and his team assisted in the implementation of a three-day transition to remote learning for all students with in-time support, tutorials, and instructional videos for all staff. During his career, John has helped trained thousands of educators in the district in Microsoft tools in the classroom, including four Microsoft Schools and one Microsoft Showcase School, and has represented the instructional technology work being done in the district at regional and national conferences. John is driven by the pursuit of innovation, accessibility, and inclusivity.